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The classification is used by the Board Program of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board to perform difficult legal work relating to representational issues and unfair labor practice violations of the Agricultural Labor Relations Act (ALRA) and its attendant regulations including the application of National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) case law and precedents where applicable; and may perform other related work.
On behalf of the Agricultural Labor Relations Board/Members, acts as a staff legal expert, advises the Board in regard to and performs the most difficult legal work relating to unfair labor practice and representational matters. Under direction, exercises broad discretion and independence of judgment in developing strategies for and advising the Board on the defense of the most sensitive and complex Board decisions; reviews and edits lower level attorney work with regard to legal and procedural appropriateness; conducts the most difficult and sensitive review and nonreview litigation in State and Federal courts; provides legal research and advice on new and existing regulations affecting the Agricultural Labor Relations Board; may act in a lead capacity over lower level attorney staff; and performs other related work.
Bar Membership Requirement: All candidates must have membership in The State Bar of California (applicants who are not members of The California State Bar but who are eligible to take The California State Bar examination or are in their final year of law school will be admitted to the examination but will not be considered eligible for appointment until they are admitted to The State Bar). And
Six years of experience in the practice of law*, of which four years must be in labor law and include administrative or civil litigation experience. (Applicants who have completed five years and six months of the required experience will be admitted to the examination, but must complete six years of such experience before they will be eligible for appointment.)
* Experience in the “practice of law” or “performing legal duties” is defined as: (1) only that legal experience acquired after admission to any State Bar, or (2) experience as a judicial clerk for a federal court, California's state courts, or any other state's courts, or (3) legal experience acquired while practicing under a provisional license to practice law issued by the State Bar of California’s Provisional Licensure Program, to constitute experience in the practice of law. For an individual's judicial clerkship to qualify as experience in the “practice of law” or “performing legal duties”, the experience must have been gained after receipt of a Juris Doctor or equivalent degree.
Knowledge of: The Agricultural Labor Relations Act, Agricultural Labor Relations Board case law and attendant regulations; relevant National Labor Relations Act case law, legal principles and their applications; legal research methods; administrative law and the conduct of proceedings before State and Federal Courts of Appeal; scope, character, and principles of California statutory law, provisions of the California Constitution, administrative regulations, and case authorities administered or enforced by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board; principles of labor law, administrative law, and civil litigation; and rules of evidence and conduct.
Ability to: Analyze legal principles and precedents and apply them to complex legal problems; perform and direct legal research; present statements of fact, law, and argument clearly and logically in written and oral form; draft opinions, pleadings, rules, regulations, and legislation; negotiate effectively; recognize the special problems of employer-employee relations; and independently present difficult and complex cases before State and Federal Courts of Appeal.
All employees shall have general qualifications as described by California Code of Regulations, title 2, section 172.